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Support for Japan PM up as voters welcome his COVID measures

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Support for Japan PM up as voters welcome his COVID measures
Support for Japan PM up as voters welcome his COVID measures   -   Copyright  Thomson Reuters 2021   -  

<div> <p><span class="caps">TOKYO</span> – Nearly two-thirds of Japanese voters support Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s government, with the public welcoming his anti-coronavirus measures, including temporary border closure to new foreign entrants, the Nikkei business daily said on Monday.</p> <p>Support for Kishida’s cabinet rose to 65%, up by 4 percentage points from the previous survey a month ago, the newspaper said.</p> <p>In the latest poll taken from Friday to Sunday, 61% of those surveyed evaluated positively Kishida’s anti-coronavirus steps, the highest figure since the Nikkei started asking the public’s views on the government’s coronavirus response in February 2020.</p> <p>Amid the global emergence of highly transmissible Omicron variant of coronavirus, Kishida late November announced that Japan was barring entry to foreigners for about a month. Last week, he extended the measure through New Year holidays. </p> <p>Kishida took office in October, replacing Yoshihide Suga, whose one-year term as prime minister saw his support crumble as <span class="caps">COVID</span>-19 surged.</p> <p>Japan has detected several hundreds new coronavirus cases a day in recent weeks, down sharply from more than 20,000 daily infections in the latest peak in August. </p> <p/> </div>